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Editors’ Notes

You can listen to The Duhks’ fifth studio album as a travelogue through the sounds of North America—or you can simply enjoy it as a sometimes carefree, sometimes melancholy amalgamation of the Winnipeg combo’s diverse influences. Beyond the Blue dips into introspective folk ballads (the title track), upbeat Cajun tunes (“Lazy John”), brassy country numbers (“These Dreams”), and buoyant New Orleans romps (“Just One Step Away”) with confidence, maintaining continuity through Jessee Havey’s dusky vocals and Leonard Podolak’s distinctive clawhammer banjo work. There’s plenty here for hardcore folkies and general music fans alike to enjoy.

Customer Reviews

Duhks Fan

I saw The Duhks in concert in May in Denver and loved their music. I had never heard of them before this concert and when the concert was over, I bought all 5 of their cd's. Beyond The Blue is fantastic! I'm planning to see them again in September when they tour in Texas. I'm a Duhks fan for life.

An enjoyable return

I've liked this group for a long time. This album ranks high in their catalogue. It is a bit spotty but the foray into new areas of music (horns, R&B), the pure production and the aching beauty of Jessica's voice all make this a worthy purchase. Glad to own this collection!

New Lead Singer Lacks

The Duhks use to be one of my favorite bands - so much so that I sponsored their campaign on indie-gogo for this new album - but as soon as I received my copy my face fell. What happened?!? They ‘went back to their original singer’ from way way long ago - and it was a big mistake because they left behind Sarah Dugas - a voice to be reckoned with - and this album really lacks without her. Track 6 is like a lullaby and from there on out you might as well just go to sleep cos its a bore.

Biography

Formed: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After Leonard Podolak's band Scruj MacDuhk broke up, the Appalachian-style clawhammer banjoist decided that this gave him the perfect opportunity to start another group, one that would fuse eclectic modern sounds with traditional roots. In 2002, along with lead singer Jessica Havey (who brought blues influences with her), fiddler Tania Elizabeth (who played in the French-Canadian style, among others), and guitarist Jordan McConnell (who had studied Celtic guitar), the Duhks self-released their debut,...
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